My First Solo Trip to South Korea: Day 3

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Palace grounds during spring

As I was traveling alone, I realized that while I felt lonely at times, I still had so much liberty to do what I want to do, go where I want to go, and eat what I want to eat without worrying about anybody else. I was my own limit. I checked my health meter and I actually walked at the average, 20 km everyday. Literal na walk till you drop. I remembered sitting in the subway for about 30 minutes because I was so tired from walking. First time kong sumuko sa lakaran. Hehe!

Day 3: Itaewon, Deoksugung Palace, Gwanghwamun, Tongin Market, Samcheondong, Insadong, Gwangjang Market, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Dongdaemun

On my third day of #Seouloflight, I decided to head first to Itaewon. Itaewon is a special tourism district where most international residents in Seoul can enjoy diverse culture, dining experience, shopping and entertainment. The restaurants showed influences from other countries through their design and menu. A lot of the shops sold imported goods as well. If you want to meet expats, they said that Itaewon is the place to go.

I arrived in Itaewon quite early so most shops were still closed. I just walked around and observed. Baka makita ko rin yung cafe ni Jo In Sung, eh. Accidentally, ang nakita ko yung isa sa mga locations ng Descendants of the Sun. 😀

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Welcome sign in Itaewon

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Greek-inspired restaurant

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Pub where some scenes in Descendants of the Sun were taken

After a quick stroll around Itaewon, I went to the City Hall area to pay a visit to the Deoksugung Palace. I’ve heard of this palace before but gained more interest when it was featured in Infinity Challenge. What amazed me about this palace was the mixture of traditional Korean design and Western architecture.

The palace is also known for its Doldam-gil or stone wall road which is one of the famous roads in Korea. There was also myth that the wall was cursed and lovers who walked along the walls would eventually break up. Dare to try? 😉

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Seokjojeon – Western-style building inside the palace

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Snowvivor Korea Day 1 – The Heir

Where is she?

Where is she?

Hello Gayle and your epic pose!

Hello Gayle and your epic pose!

Day -1: Seoulmates

Day 0: Fire and Ice

“Bro, maaga ka ba nagigising?”

“Okay lang”

“Ako kasi mantika ako matulog e, pagising nalang ako pag nauna ka, gigisingin naman din ako ni Tikoy”

“Sige gisingin nalang kita”

That was the conversation Mark and I had on our first night. As a respect to my roommate, I decided to not set an alarm. Because believe me, the entire guesthouse will wake up once my phone alarms. I was not sure about what time Mark set his alarm that morning but I was up at around 6AM. I had my quick breakfast while Mark was still asleep. I took a bath and went out but Mark was still asleep. “Brad, tinalo mo pa ko! Akala ko mantika na ko matulog, medyo sebo ka pala!“. It took about an hour for us to fix everything. In all fairness to us, no matter how late we started to prepare, we can still finish earlier than the women.

About 8:45AM, the group met downstairs. I was pretty confident that my clothes will be enough — but– when we opened the door and went out, we froze. I felt the need of Tikoy’s hug 😜 haha!

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